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Tribute to television as a servant of the public. Contains ample footage ostensibly taken from television news coverage, concentrating on Cold War events, disasters and accidents, and sports. There is an excellent sequence showing building demolition with a wrecking ball; the multistory building collapses. There is a continuing anti-communist bias to the film.
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Subject: How Ironic...
At least in those days with a fraction of the channels one could watch Concentration with Hugh Downs The Mickey Mouse Club and The Danny Thomas show with no sociopolitical schpiel injected into all aspects of every program. PBS stations had truly educational programming during almost its entire day - you could learn a foreign language or how to paint in watercolors.
Judging from the aerials I'm guessing this kid must live in Connecticut or maybe up the Hudson river...those are fringe area contraptions on those roofs; I assume aimed at NYC and rotoized for another city (Hartford?).
Nice footage of the Dallas Texas tornado that tore up the west side of that city in April 1957 - very significant because of the relatively extensive footage which was later studied to ascertain the phyisical features of tornado funnels.
Seems the FCC especially of late has acquired all the tasks that the NAB had set out to tackle on its member stations. Only "Big Brother" FCC has taken a much more....shall we say...totalitarian approach; nothing is optional.
Subject: This is not a review, But...
Of course, minorities were hardly seen (With the exception of Ricky Ricardo plus Beulah); Non-Documenties avoided serious issues, there were to many westerns, and the airwaves were overloaded with Tobacco commercials. The news was biased, and the laugh-tracks annoying.
Whether the 50's was the "Golden Age of TV" is subjective (I personally consider the 90's to be the peak of TV), but there is much more to 50's TV than "My Little Margie".
And yes, This "Review" doesn't tell you anything about the film, But neither do 80% of the other reviews people write of these films. People use the Prelinger archive section on the Internet Archive to spread their "Ideas" on other people, And while my review my be propaganda, So are most other of the reviews at this section. At least my "review" prevides context, Most are just some grumpy revisionist trying to convince everybody that "Three's Company" ran in the 50's. Sorry, But I'm losing confidence in the human race, Since everybody these days seem so negative.
EDIT: To jazzfan, In reality the "Johnny Can't Read" problem was due to the low quality of 50'
s children's books, Not because of TV. Too many 50's books were bland that children got bored with them quickly. I learned this from a HISTORY CHANNEL documentry.
Subject: Thank you, TV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And, then we could all laugh and open a bottle of coke and sing Kum-By-Yah"!!!!!!
Subject: I Live For This Stuff!
Subject: Dull propaganda
Subject: There's irony in this of course..
One of the more bizarre shorts I've seen here. Plenty of cool early tv bits though.
Subject: TV is your friend
In any event, the film is pretty laughable, especially when it claims that TV is a tool that can warn young people against propaganda...
Subject: "12 years old with a 20 inch screen"
So decades later, what has entered the culture from 1950's TV? News? Perhaps some Cold War highlights. Public affairs? Huh? No, it is "I Love Lucy" and "The Honeymooners". Is TV still a welcome guest? Is "quality and taste" still the ultimate basis of TV?